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Training Opportunities for Educators


Activities are posted in the language(s) in which they are offered.

We welcome suggestions for additional Canadian-based training opportunities related to conservation, biodiversity and environmental education from employees and members of Canadian botanical gardens, arboreta, museums and related institutions or from Canadian educators. Please contact us (

Nature Interpretation On-line

Program summary: An exploration of communication and experiential learning theories and their application to natural history interpretation and environmental education program design.

Program objective: Students will develop and present interpretive materials and a program within the context of the existing nature interpretation program.

Details: Distance Education, on-line, university credit course.

University of Guelph, Department of Environmental Biology
Office of Open Learning
160 Johnston Hall, University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 2W1
(519) 824-4120, Ext: 56651

Recommended by: Laurel McIvor

Project Wild/ Focus on Forests Workshops

Program summary: Project Wild and Focus on Forests are conservation education programs to assist learners in developing the awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment needed to make informed decisions and to take constructive action for wildlife, habitat, and the environment. Workshops include participation in Project WILD & Focus on Forests activities, information about wildlife conservation, and plans for using activities with a wide range of students.

Program objective: Participants gain the experience needed to use Project WILD and Focus on Forests with youth and to integrate program materials and activities into their own teaching.

Details: Project WILD and Focus on Forests are offered through six-to eight-hour training sessions; participants receive activity guides.

Barbara Kerr
Tel: 1-800-563-9453 or (613) 599-9594 (Ottawa Area)
Fax: (613) 599-4428

Recommended by: Laurel McIvor

Interpretation Canada's National Training Program

Program summary: Interpretation Canada offers two basic interpretive training modules covering a range of topics such as. program planning, effective communication to different audiences, illustrated talks, guided walks, spontaneous and roving interpretation and prop talks and demonstrations.

Program objective: To provide interpretive training to effectively communicate more than just the basic knowledge of an organisation and facts about natural or cultural history.

Details: Training modules are presented by qualified IC Trainers in various regions across Canada. IC Trainers can be contacted for private training at a time and location convenient for your participants, they can set up training through a host organisation, or they can provide in-house training.

Interpretation Canada
c/o Kerry Wood Nature Centre
6300 45th Avenue
Red Deer Alberta T4N 3M4
Recommended by: Laurel McIvor